Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

Nicole Cook

Exponential Conversation Plenary 3: Work 2.0 – Learning to Adapt

2 April 2019, 2:50 PM

CEO of Jobs for NSW

Nicole Cook was appointed the CEO of Jobs for NSW in 2018.

Prior to this she was the ANZ Managing Director at innovative global recruitment firm PeopleScout, overseeing the delivery and growth of their solutions in the APAC region. Nicole is an experienced senior executive with a background in managing technology divisions, management consulting and professional services.  She brings significant executive leadership experience to the position, including time at three major technology and services startups: HRX Inc., Nexus Energy Software and Celarix Inc.

Nicole will build on the Jobs for NSW’s fantastic work to date, which includes setting up the nation’s single biggest startup location – the Sydney Startup Hub.  Since it was established in 2015 Jobs for NSW has delivered innovative products, services and investments to startups and high potential, fast growth, small businesses and was on track to support the creation of more than 20,000 new jobs by 2021-22.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America and a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School where she won the 2016 Dean’s Scholarship for Women and Management

"Without a doubt the best conference in Australia with a delightful mix of creativity and big thinking bringing together an eclectic group of industry, community and education leaders. Once again, I’ve come away enthused by new ideas, more aware of future trends, and heartened by the kindness of humanity. We all have a role to play and it should be a collective one." Kerry Anderson, Founder of Operation Next Gen

"Conferences are boring. Creative Innovation is more like a rodeo for ideas, and you are guaranteed to leave wanting to make the world better for everyone." Andrew Despi, A.kin

"Kudos to Tania for organising the the 2019 CI Conference in Melbourne - it is the best I have attended so far. All the speakers and sessions were very well-planned. I have attended many conferences and this is the first I did not have the 'luxury' to skip any sessions. Your effort in this space has truly made Melbourne a global innovation and entrepreneurship hub." Danny Ong, Deakin University

"I wanted to pass along how incredible I thought Creative Innovation was and how much your passion for life and for humanity was inspiring to all of us. It was a privilege to be included and one that I am very grateful for." John Pickering, Chief Behavioural Scientist

"Creative Innovation is a transformational platform built by changemakers for changemakers. It is an educational adventure showcasing the forefront of ideas internationally." Melissa Warner, Ci2019 Scholarship Winner & Education Officer, Mind Medicine Australia

"Creative Innovation 2019 was one of the most well-organised events I’ve ever taken part in. From beginning to the end, every detail had been planned through and taken care of. Secondly, are the production values. As a result, it was possible to attend all the sessions without suffering conference burn-out, happy in the knowledge that the next piece of content was guaranteed to delight and challenge the senses." Richard Claydon (Singapore)

"Well done on another successful Ci conference. Your energy, passion and sheer determination to ensure the conference delegates get a fantastic experience is admirable." VP People & Global Capability | P&GC, Woodside Energy


There are a host of incredible opportunities to partner with us on this world class innovation event. If you are interested in becoming a partner or creative collaborator for the upcoming conference, please contact:

Tania de Jong AM // Founder and Executive Producer
Tel: +61 (0)3 8679 6000

Alrick Pagnon
Tel: +61 (0)3 8679 6000

“Remarkable, mind blowing, brilliantly choreographed – easily the best conference ever and I’ve been to plenty. Truly wonderful and amazing.”

Jim Grant, Partner, Dattner Grant

“Thank you for a challenging and rewarding couple of days. The quality of the team you had at the conference was extraordinary! These events will change people and thereby the world.”

Craig Carolan, Director Private Wealth, ANZ

“I came to learn – I came away inspired! Best conference ever.”

Paul Duldig, University of Melbourne